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Nursery Ministry

It is our privilege at Mt. Olivet to provide quality nursery care for children from birth to three years of age. Our purpose is to provide a place where parents can confidently leave their children. A great deal of preparation has gone into making our nursery safe and enjoyable. The nursery ministry enables parents and other to worship and study in our church with the least amount of distractions as possible.

In order to provide better care for your child, we have compiled some guidelines, which are outlined in this manual. We pray that you will not find these guidelines too demanding, but instead reflective of high standards for hygiene and care. Together, we want to provide quality care for any child associated with our church.

Parents

Our nursery workers are prepared to provide the best possible care for your child. All linens, toys and equipment are cleaned regularly and each baby is given personal attention and will find warmth in the midst of our church.

•Children are only to be in the nursery when there is a nursery worker present, not just to play between services.

•Please fill out an information card on your child. The link to this form is at the bottom of this page.

•Please sign your child in on the "sign in" sheet.

•When the service is over, please pick up your child as soon as possible. No one is allowed to take a child from the nursery except the parent/guardian or other stated on the child's information card.

•Please label bottles, pacifiers and cups with the child's name or initials.

Workers

•Please arrive 15 minutes before the service begins. The nursery is a ministry and a service in our church and promptness honors God and those to whom you are ministering.

•Please do not work if you are sick, call your nursery partner to cover you.

•Please do not bring hot beverages into the nursery.

•Each child's diaper should be checked and/or changed each service

•If you use the crib for a child please take sheet off at the end of the service.

•Young people must be in high school and accompanied by a parent or adult to serve as a worker.

•If you are a parent of a child older than 3 and not yet in high school, please see that he/ she is with another adult or in class while you are working in the nursery.

Worker/Child Ratios

•1 worker to 2 infants (under one year old)

•1 worker to 3 young toddlers (1-2)

•1 worker to 4 older toddlers (3)

•If at any time you feel you need help, no matter what the ratio, ask your coordinator.

•Only adults can take children to the bathroom.

•Please direct all questions or concerns to the coordinator.

Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" As you contemplate stepping into the nursery, ask God for patience, understanding and discernment to meet each one of the children's needs.

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